any of a group of proteins that bind to particular carbohydrates in the manner of an antibody and are commonly extracted from plants for use as an agglutinin, as in clumping red blood cells for blood typing.
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How to use lectin in a sentence
WGA is classified as a lectin—a term for a protein produced by an organism to protect itself from predation.
Thar hain't been such a run in Kanoy County sence they stopped 'lectin' country fellers fer sheriff.Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885 | Various
I left it up to de white folks to 'tend to de 'lectin' of officers.
British Dictionary definitions for lectin
a type of protein possessing high affinity for a specific sugar; lectins are often highly toxic
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